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Valley High School Transitioning to Online Learning Nov. 9-13

West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) consistently monitors the impact of COVID-19 throughout our district. When the ability to staff classrooms or departments is significantly impacted, and/or there is a high absentee rate due to COVID-19, district leadership will consider whether or not to temporarily move a school online.

WDMCS, in collaboration with the Polk County Health Department (PCHD), determined a need to temporarily transition Valley High School to online learning. We are currently undergoing contact tracing with numerous cases, which as of Saturday, Nov. 7, has already resulted in dozens in need of quarantine. Consequently, we are moving Valley to an online learning environment for the week of Nov. 9-13. Friday, Nov. 13 is a professional development day. All co-curricular and extra curricular activities will NOT TAKE PLACE during this week.

WDMCS plans to discuss with the Board an option to submit a waiver with the Iowa Department of Education to extend temporary online learning beyond the week of Nov. 9-13. The Board will meet Monday, Nov. 9 in a regularly-scheduled meeting.

As we continue to contact trace and await pending COVID-19 results, we believe it is critical that we stress the importance of limiting all activities to decrease the spread. We urge parents to limit social interactions of students because large gatherings without face masks only enhance the risk of exposure.

Valley students will continue to receive instruction from their teachers. They will experience learning and connect with each other through a daily schedule that provides flexibility and creativity.

By working together, we will continue to support our students this school year.

Sincerely,
Lisa Remy, Ed.D.
Superintendent